Saturday, April 22, 2017


A Second Look at Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont Genealogy of Our Family

Nadene Goldfoot                                
Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont
In 1850, Julia Ann Tuller lived in Royalton, Windsor, Vermont.
The population then was 1,850. 
Although Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism, was born in the adjacent town of Sharon near the Royalton boundary, the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial lies in the town.
She had relatives in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont next door.
Tunbridge had 1,786 people then. 

Durkees in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont 1850

There were 25 Durkees in Tunbridge, Vermont on the 1850 census. 14 were adults, the rest children. They probably were at the wedding of Julia Ann Tuller and Abiathar in 1852 when they married in Tunbridge if they were still there. Julia's mother was Asenath Durkee. Durkees were in all parts of Vermont at the time, and there were many. 
When a problem is not sufficiently solved, it preys on your subconscious mind.  I decided to check out Tunbridge, Orange Vermont's cemeteries of family surnames like Robinson and Durkee.  Durkee is on Julia Ann Tuller, Abiathar Smith Robinson's side of the family.  My main goal is to discover who Abiathar Smith Robinson's father is.  Abiathar married Julia Ann Tuller in 1852 in Tunbridge, Vermont where he was living-alone as far as I know.  I was using  and checking out the Hunt cemetery of Tunbridge searching Durkee and then Robinson.  

Who I found is a James Robinson, one that was not in my name bank.  He was born in 1800; just the right age to be Abiathar's father since Abiathar was born in 1829 somewhere in either NY or Vermont.  Tunbridge is very important because he was living there in 1852 when he married Julia an on February 29th 1852.  Tunbridge, next door to Royalton, Windsor, Vermont where Julia Ann and her Tuller parents lived in 1850, was full of Robinsons and Durkees.  Julia Ann's mother, Asenath, was a Durkee.

The only child not on the list below that I inserted was Abiathar.  He fit right in the group.  It seems more logical that his father should be somewhere nearby to give him a reason for being here.
Orange, Vermont's courthouse is in Chelsea, Vermont
It's 5.6 miles to Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont. 
Descendants of James Robinson; possible father of Abiathar Smith Robinson.
Strafford, Orange, Vermont
It's 7.8 miles to Tunbridge from here.  

1   James Robinson b: 1800 in prob. Strafford, Orange, Vermont
.. +Mary Bicknell b: December 06, 1802
. 2   Mary Ann Robinson b: August 24, 1825 d: February 09, 1894 in prob. Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont
. 2   Martha Robinson b: September 23, 1827 d: April 05, 1874 in prob. Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont
. 2   [1] Abiathar Smith Robinson b: December 1829 in New York/  Tunbridge, Orange/ Jamaica, Windham, Vermont d: October 07, 1904 in Wenona, Marshall, Illinois
..... +Julia Ann Tuller b: December 18, 1834 in Royalton, Windsor, Vermont d: December 02, 1887 in Wenona, Marshall, Illinois
. *2nd Wife of [1] Abiathar Smith Robinson:
..... +Mary Jane Unknown Walters b: November 1832 in Ohio d: July 1918 in Streator, Illinois, age 85
. 2   James T. Robinson b: April 06, 1831 in Strafford, Orange, Vermont d: July 03, 1897 in prob. Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont
. 2   Alma Robinson b: November 04, 1833 d: April 06, 1902
..... +Seth Noyes b: 1822 d: 1899

Since I started hunting, I found another who was said to be part of this tree.  You can see the complication  He is hogging the 1829 spot.  Descendants of Charles Kent Robinson

1   Charles Kent Robinson b: April 19, 1829 in Strafford, Orange, Vermont
What happens to Abiathar, then?  Before, I had searched in Family Tree.  My month was over and I bad ended the subscription, so was searching on Family Search.  Well, this ends this perfect father figure.

There were Durkees in Tunbridge.  There were so many that I'll have a separate article about them.

Lots of Tullers were also living in Tunbridge and Royalton.  Here's a few.  Asenith Durkee was married to Alonzo Tuller.  Descendants of Alonzo Charles Tuller

1   [1] Alonzo Charles Tuller b: October 22, 1809 in St. Albans, Vermont (Franklin County) d: January 29, 1870 in Rockwell, LaSalle, Illinois
.. +Asenith Asinith Durkee b: 1814 in Royalton, Windsor County, Vermont d: 1868 in Royalton, Windsor County, Vermont/Rockwell, Illinois
*2nd Wife of [1] Alonzo Charles Tuller:
.. +Betty Ann Unknown b: Abt. 1816 in United States

Descendants of Martin Tuller

1   Martin Tuller b: March 04, 1878 in Washington, Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont d: February 22, 1937 in Barre, Washington, Vermont
.. +Sarah "Sadie" Ann Whitney b: April 05, 1878 in Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts d: December 31, 1963 in Chelsea, Orange, Vermont
. 2   [1] Raymond MartinTuller b: April 07, 1904 in Tunbridge, Orange, VT d: October 22, 1975 in Tunbridge, Orange/ Poss. Montpelier, Washington, VT
..... +Nina R. Fraser b: Bet. 1895 - 1896 in Vermont d: 1962
. *2nd Wife of [1] Raymond MartinTuller:
..... +Blanche Katherine Baker b: September 20, 1905 in Waterbury, Washington, Vermont d: December 23, 1990 in Randolph, Orange, Vermont
. 2   Gwendolyn Mary Tuller b: April 03, 1905 in Tunbridge, Orange, VT
. 2   Sibyl A. Tuller b: 1908 in Tunbridge, Orange, VT
. 2   Hinkley N. Tuller b: 1910 in Tunbridge, Orange, VT
. 2   Stanley Whitney Tuller b: Bet. October 17, 1912 - 1913 in Tunbridge, Orange, VT d: October 17, 1978 in South Royalton, Windsor Vermont
..... +Mabel Alice Ballou b: March 11, 1917 in Royalton, Windsor, Vermont d: July 28, 1986 in South Royalton, Windsor Vermont
. 2   Alvin Gates Tuller b: August 19, 1915 in Tunbridge, Orange, VT d: January 15, 1986 in Tunbridge, Orange, VT 05077
..... +Gladys Welch b: February 16, 1921 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont d: July 28, 2014 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont
Just before dawn on October 16, 1780, the town line of Tunbridge and Royalton was witness to the last major raid of the Revolutionary War in New England. In the "Royalton Raid" three hundred Indians led by British soldiers invaded from Canada along the First Branch of the White River. Part of a series of raids designed to terrorize frontier settlements, the result was the destruction of dozens of homes, crops and livestock necessary to survive the coming winter. Although women and girls were not harmed, 28 men and boys were taken captive and marched to Canada to be imprisoned. In the years that followed, many of the captives made their way back to their families, but some never returned. One resident, Peter Button, was killed in Tunbridge near the Royalton town line along what is Rte. 110 today; an historic marker has been erected there.  It was a Button ancestor who married Abiathar and Julia in 1852.  

Another town in Orange County is West Fairlee.  I just found another James L. Robinson b: 1831 there, 2 years after Abiathar.  He was on their 1850 census of September 24th. He was of David Robinson's family and was 19 years old.  So in 1850, Abiathar was 21 or would be in December.   When 23, he married.
Upon looking again, I found James Robinson born in 1801 in Fairlee, Orange, Vermont on the 1850 census of September 19th at age 49.  Mary Robinson b: 1803 was his wife, age 47.  Mary Anne b: 1826 was 24, Martha T b: 1828 was 22, Charles K b: 1829 was 21 and Alma b: 1834 was 16.  THIS IS MY TUNBRIDGE FAMILY!  This was from family  This is the one that doesn't work out, even though he was so close by.  

A few days later on September 24, 1850 in West Fairlee, the census taker came to David Robinson's home.  He was 53 years old (b: 1797)  and was born in Massachusetts.  (He'd make a good father for Abaithar.)  His wife, Luna, was 51 and born in Vermont.  Their children, all born in Vermont,  were Preston K 24, Harriett K 21, James L. 19, Abbey 16, Eleanor 14 and Adeline L 10.    I found a David to attach this information to.  A Vermont David, too.  

Resource:  (all the census of Vermont)

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